Art on the Amazon

  • Lecture

Roberto Huarcaya, renowned photographer, and Rember Yahuarcani, talented painter and indigenous curator, are representing Peru alongside other artists at the Venice Biennale this year. Directly after this important event, they will be coming to Heidelberg to talk about their experiences and provide insights into their work on the Peruvian Amazon region, which has been ongoing for several years.

Roberto Huarcaya, a native of Lima, has dedicated himself to photography after studying psychology at the Universidad Católica del Perú and training in cinematography at the Instituto Italiano de Cultura and photography at the Centro del Video y la Imagen. He was a professor of photography at various institutions and, until July 2022, founder and director of the Centro de la Fotografía, now Centro de la Imagen de Lima. This year, he is presenting his captivating work “Amazograms” at the Venice Biennale, which shows impressive one-to-one photos of various moments and places in the Amazon jungle on an imposing 1.7 x 30 meter paper.

Rember Yahuarcani, a member of the Uitoto people and a member of the White Heron clan, is not only a visual artist, but also a curator, writer and activist for the rights and respect of the indigenous cosmovision. With over twenty years of experience in solo and group exhibitions, he is one of the most important representatives of indigenous art. He talks and debates with Jitoma because his fire of truth also ignites his anger at the injustice suffered by the peoples of Amazonia, which is why he has taken on the political responsibility of adding his voice to the writing of books and critical articles in defense of the knowledge and nature of a territory that is constantly threatened and contested by interests incompatible with its preservation.

This special event is part of the event series “We are Amazonia!”, which will take place from April 8 to 14, 2024 at the Bürgerhaus der Bahnstadt in Heidelberg. It is being organized by the organization BUNTE BRISE e. V., which has been working on development policy issues for a decade as part of its project “Biology meets Culture and Sustainability (BTKN)”. The project is supported by the “Promotion of Development Education (FEB)” program of Engagement Global with funds from the BMZ and Bread for the World.

We cordially invite you to take part in this cultural event and discover the fascinating art and culture of the Peruvian Amazon region. Join us and be inspired by the unique perspectives of these outstanding artists!


An event of the association Bunte Brise e.V.

Foto: Privat